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J.J. Abrams is a much different filmmaker than the one he was when he made his first Star Wars movie four years ago. The Rise of Skywalker director reveals what — and how — he changed.

Director J.J. Abrams’ first Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, was met with fan criticism as being a Xerox of the first Star Wars movie ever, 1977’s A New Hope. In fact, Abrams remarked in a 2016 interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he can understand why audiences would view it that way — it was kind of in the film’s design that he co-wrote. Now, as Abrams is primed to conclude the new trilogy he started, and the Skywalker Saga George Lucas kicked off more than 40 years ago, the filmmaker is comparing is work on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with his directorial approach to Force Awakens. In the latest issue of Total Film (via sister site Games Radar), Abrams talked about how The Force Awakens compares to The Rise of Skywalker, at least as far as his directing approach is concerned:

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Source: No Film School